Last year, I ended the football season with an excellent turkey chili recipe. This year, I bring you a chili con carne recipe to start the season off right. It takes decidedly less effort to make (no need to pull out the slow cooker yet), and can be on your table in about an hour. Its lacking in prep time does not translate to a loss in flavor. This quick beef chili makes a solid and flavorful meal. Its ingredient and spice list is less complex than that of other chilis, but from it’s taste, you could have fooled me.
And be sure, it does not suffer from the shortcomings of other “quick” chilis. It is not too watery, the meat doesn’t taste like cardboard, and the beef, tomato, and spices meld together perfectly. Just be sure to taste it as it simmers, and add more salt and spices as necessary. You’ll be in excellent shape for some delicious football Sunday noshing.
Quick Beef Chili
Adapted from The Spice Bible
Makes about 6 servings
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium brown onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Tex-Mex spice mix
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1.5 pounds ground beef
20 ounces of canned, crushed tomatoes
2 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 1/2 cups beef stock
10.5 ounce can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
salt, for seasoning
cilantro, for garnish
sour cream, for garnish
Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add the onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion starts to brown. This will take about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, spice mix, cumin, salt, and ground beef. Cook, stirring to combine and to break up the beef, until the meat is lo longer pink.
Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and stock, stir to combine, and bring to a boil. Once the mixture has reached a boil, turn down the heat and simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally, until the chili has reached your desired consistency. Once the chili looks almost done, add the beans and cook for about another 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Season with more salt or spices as desired.
Serve with sour cream, cilantro, and crushed tortilla chips (I highly recommend Hint of Lime chips).